Description

Launched in 2016, the SL-1200G combined Technics‘ traditional analogue technology and advanced digital technology, while redesigning parts throughout. Its outstanding performance literally rocked the hi-fi market and redefined the reference for direct-drive turntables. Parts that were inherited from the SL-1200G were newly developed for the SL-1200GR, beginning with the coreless direct-drive motor and precise motor control technology that eliminated the cogging that originated from rotation irregularity, and including a low-vibration, high-rigidity platter and high-sensitivity tonearm. By these measures, the level of performance clearly outperforms the usual standards of its class.

The SL-1200GR invites more audio enthusiasts to enjoy music with the rich, robust sound of analogue records.

In 1970, Technics commercialized the world‘s first direct-drive turntable, and the system took the world by storm. Unlike belt-drive and other systems, direct-drive systems rotate the motor at low speed and directly drive the platter, thus providing numerous advantages, such as the almost complete absence of degradation in S/N ratio due to motor vibration and deceleration mechanisms, as well as high reliability over a long period time because of not requiring parts replacement.
And in 2016, Technics developed the twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor with rotor magnets placed on both sides, thereby eliminating the rotation irregularity of the motor, referred to as “cogging,” which was a unique issue for direct-drive systems. This motor was adopted for the SL-1200G, which once again drew a significant response in the hi-fi market. The SL-1200GR inherits the same design philosophy with the new development of a single-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor, resulting in the elimination of cogging.

Pursuing Rigidity and Vibration Damping Characteristics

The platter achieves high rigidity and vibration damping characteristics by using a two-layer construction with deadening rubber applied to the entire rear surface of the aluminium die-cast to eliminate the unnecessary resonance that is otherwise relayed to the record, thereby producing clear sound.
To increase the inertial mass and reduce vibration, the shape of the aluminium die-cast portion was optimized by simulation. At 2.5 kg (including the rubber mat), the SL-1200GR platter is 0.8 kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5. Also, the back surface of the platter has strengthening ribs added to improve rigidity. Increasing the surface area of contact with the deadening rubber achieves damping characteristics that are more than twice those of the SL-1200MK5.

Specifications

Turntable section

Type
Direct Drive Manual Turntable
Turntable Speeds
33-1/3, 45 and 78 r/min
Adjust Range
±8 %, ±16 %
Starting Torque
2.2 kg-cm
Build-up Characteristics
0.7 s. from Standstill to 33-1/3 r/min
Wow And Flutter
0.025 % W.R.M.S.
Rumble
78 dB (IEC 98A weighted)
Turntable Platter
Aluminium diecast
Diameter : 332 mm
Weight : Approx. 2.5 kg (5.51 lb) (Including rubber sheet)

Tonearm Section

Type
Universal Static Balance
Effective Length
230 mm (9-1/16″)
Overhang
15 mm (19/32″)
Tracking Error Angle
Within 2° 32′ (at the outer groove of 30 cm record)
Within 0° 32′ (at the inner groove of 30 cm record)
Offset Angle
22°
Arm-height Adjustment Range
0 – 6 mm
Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range
0 – 4 g (Direct Reading)
Head Shell Weight
Approx. 7.6 g
Applicable Cartridge Weight Range
(without auxiliary weight)
5.6 – 12.0 g
14.3 – 20.7 g (including head shell)
(with auxiliary weight)
10.0 – 16.4 g
18.7 – 25.1 g (including head shell)
Cartridge Mounting Dimension
JIS 12.7 mm (1/2″) interval
Head Shell Terminal Lug
1.2 mmφ 4-pin terminal lug

Reviews

When I play LPs for non-audiophiles old enough to have grown up with vinyl, they can’t get over how quiet my records are. They remember LPs with lots of pops, clicks, scratches and rumble, but not at my house! Even some of my 50-year-old albums are remarkably quiet, it’s just too bad those folks never heard how good turntables could sound back in the day. No worries, it’s not too late to buy a great turntable — such as the new Technics SL-1200GR — and discover why audiophiles’ passion for playing records never waned.

Technics introduced the world’s first direct-drive turntable, the SP-10 in 1970, while the direct-drive SL-1200 arrived in 1972. The SL-1200 remained in production up through 2010, with model revisions, and sold more than 3,000,000 units!

DJs rejoiced when word got out last year that the reborn Technics SL-1200 turntable would hit the streets. OK, not all DJs: That limited-edition SL-1200G, went for a cool $4,000, but they sold out quickly. Today I’m looking at the much lower price Technics Grand Class SL-1200GR, and I wondered, would it have what it takes to woo audiophiles? As you might expect for a high-end turntable, the SL-1200GR is handcrafted in Japan.    READ MORE